Portuguese composer Vasco Mendonça has begun to attract considerable attention for his work on the international music scene. “Mendonça is a genuine artist, whose work displays a high level of craftsmanship and a fine aural imagination,” says British composer and former teacher George Benjamin. Following music studies in Lisbon and Amsterdam, Mendonça studied at King’s College London from 2007–2008. He has also taught Analysis and Composition in Lisbon for the past five years. Recent notable works include the chamber music piece The Boys of Summer (2012), co-commissioned by Aldeburgh, Aix-en-Provence and Verbier festivals, and an hour-long chamber opera, The House Taken Over (2013), commissioned by Aix-en-Provence Festival (which has premiered several of his pieces and invited him to give masterclasses) and LOD Muziektheater. Mendonça´s Ping (2011) was recently premiered in the UK by Music Theatre Wales. Forthcoming commissions include two new chamber music pieces – for percussion quintet and ensemble – and two opera/music theatre works. He is interested in exploring the fields of vocal writing and musical drama during his mentorship with Kaija Saariaho, whose sculptural-like soundscapes have long fascinated him.
December 2015 The closing ceremony honouring the mentors and protégés of 2014–2015 capped off a brilliant Rolex Arts Weekend.
December 2015 Brilliant ideas, installations and exciting performances, including two world premieres, marked the Rolex Arts Weekend.